Pearls Before Breakfast

Joshua Bell is one of the world's greatest violinists. His instrument of choice is a multimillion-dollar Stradivarius. If he played it for spare change, incognito, outside a bustling Metro stop in Washington, would anyone notice? ... This one I loved and talked about it with many friends. It resonates with one of my older ideas - that what is cheered by people is not necessarily the admirable. So many things need also be considered, such as the power of built-up expectations, the word of mouth, the opinions of the influential (people, media outlets), etc. Sure, all this is well known, but then why are we (in general, the average us) knowingly fooling ourselves that someone or something is brilliant and unusual? Is there some kind of a researcher's fatigue syndrome taking place, some kind of resignation of the type "deep thinking is painful, let's just accept what others say". Tomáš J. Fülöpp 20071008


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